APPOINTED: Head of Primary Phase

APPOINTED: Head of Primary Phase - South London

£Competitive to attract the right candidate - Catholic - Head/Principal
Ref: 47 Date Posted: Tuesday 19 Mar 2019
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Head of Primary Phase

Location: Blackheath, London SE3
Contract Type: Full Time
Contract Term: Permanent
Start Date: September 2017 or sooner by negotiation

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A challenging yet wonderful opportunity to rebuild our future

St Matthew Academy, which moved into a state-of-the-art new building in September 2007, is an all-through Catholic academy that serves girls and boys aged 3 – 16 years old within the community of Blackheath, SE London.

St Matthew’s faces significant challenges, yet has enormous potential to become ‘outstanding’ in time. An IEB led by an experienced governor with credentials as a national leader in governance; revitalised and enthused staff under the executive leadership of Serge Cefai from the outstanding Sacred Heart School in Southwark, supported by two other consultant headteachers from outstanding Catholic schools in the Primary and Secondary phase, is already paying dividends. Combined with restructured finances and fully supportive sponsors in the Archdiocese of Southwark - this all makes for a wonderful platform from which to drive rapid and sustainable progress.

We are seeking a strong and empowering pupil orientated Head of Primary, with the desire and know-how to nurture a dynamic learning environment with an unrelenting focus on developing high aspirations and successful outcomes for students.

Whilst experience is welcome, demonstrable talent without previous experience of Headship is equally welcome.

Applications are sought from practising Catholics. Equally, others committed to supporting the Catholic ethos of the school are warmly invited to apply.

If you believe you can provide outstanding leadership, which inspires and motivates others towards excellence and ensures the very best education for all our learners, then we would like to hear from you.

Closing – Monday 20 February at 9am

Shortlisting – Wednesday 22 February

Interviews – Thursday 2 March (All day)

In the first instance please call Liam Dowds, our Emmaus Leadership Advising Consultant who is assisting us with this assignment, in complete confidence on 01737 652 043 or ldowds@emmausleadership.me.

Your early application is appreciated and strongly recommended.

Our Academy is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare and safety of children.  This post is subject to an Enhanced Disclosure from the Criminal Records Bureau. The successful candidate will be required to sign a Catholic Education Service contract



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Marjorie Bannister, Chair - St Michael's Catholic College, London

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